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WATCH: This Octopus Is Trying to Eat a Giant Pufferfish

Um, does the octopus know that pufferfish are SUPER poisonous?


Between its sucker-laced arms and sharp beak, octopuses are pretty fearsome predators. But one octopus may have met its match when trying to take on a spiky pufferfish.

According to NatGeo, divers found the big blue octopus trying to fit the pufferfish into its rock crevice home to eat it. But, because of the whole "puff" part of pufferfish, the two wouldn't fit.

That's when the octopus began trying to devour it right there on the spot.

It's neither the size of the fish nor its spines that would really cause problems for the hungry octopus. NatGeo reported that big blue octopuses can eat large meals their own size, and their malleable skin keeps them puncture-proof.

But there is the fact that the pufferfish is super-duper poisonous to consider.

According to the Guardian, the neurotoxin that pufferfish can exude is more powerful than arsenic or cyanide. It can kill an adult with just 2 milligrams. In short: It's not to be messed with.

NatGeo reported that it's possible the octopus doesn't know the pufferfish is poisonous, since fish aren't usually in the cephalopod's diet.

Or, it could potentially be immune to the poison. There hasn't been any research conducted on how the toxin affects octopuses.

In any case, the divers had to leave before the result of this battle could be determined.

Although it did look like the pufferfish was slipping away in the final moments of the footage.

Giphy/NatGeo WILD

Interestingly, NatGeo noted that this is not the first time an octopus has been recorded trying to eat a pufferfish.

A video from 2015 shows a similar scenario.

Giphy/Marilu Carvallo

But if you think the octopus is crazy for taking on the pufferfish, just remember that it's been proven that pufferfish poison can kill humans ...

And yet many of them indulge in fugu sushi made from the poisonous creature.

According to Los Angeles Magazine, chefs prepare the fish in a certain way to make it non-lethal, but some restaurants do leave a little poison in to provide a desired "tingling sensation."

Maybe that's what the octopus was trying to achieve too.

Watch the full tussle below:

Unusual Octopus and Pufferfish Interaction - Rare Footage | Nat Geo Wild www.youtube.com

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